'When we were in Iraq, the Iranians were giving weapons to the Shi'a militia, who were killing American soldiers. The Iranians were making us pay a price. We need to make the Iranians pay a price in Syria. We need to make the Russians pay a price,' Morell said. Responding to a question how exactly to make Russians pay a price, and whether it supposes killing them, former CIA deputy director said in his innocence 'Yes. Secretly'. Morell added that it is not necessarily to report on it in the Pentagon, but one should make sure that Moscow and Tehran know about it.
He also offered to frighten Bashar al-Assad, annihilating his guard and blasting his departments in the middle of the night. Namely such measures should help the US to reach a 'diplomatic settlement' in Syria. The US State Department in its turn did not comment on extremist appeal of Morell.